The latest issue of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, edited by our Departmental colleague Stephen Whiteman and featuring selected essays from the symposium ‘Asian Art Research in Australia and New Zealand: Past, Present, Future’ is now available online.

Held on 15 October 2015, the symposium brought together scholars and curators from across institutions, fields, and practices to explore the particular historical developments that have come to constitute the study of Asian art in Australia and New Zealand.

The essays featured in the latest issue of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art offer new perspectives on the history and current state of the field.

  • Cherie McKeich tracks intra-empire networks of exchange through the display of Indian objects at the 1880–81 Melbourne International Exhibition;
  • James Beattie and Richard Bullen consider the development of Canterbury Museum’s Rewi Alley Collection within the history of Chinese–New Zealand cultural diplomacy;
  • Christine Clark and Caroline Turner reflect on interactions between Australian and Asian peers enabled by the Artists’ Regional Exchange and the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT);
  • Lisa Chandler explores the intentions behind the APT series and its role in collection-building at the Queensland Art Gallery;
  • John Clark examines the state of specialist training in Asian art research in Australia and its institutional impact;
  • Charlotte Galloway describes the difficulties of positioning Asian art history via her experience at the Australian National University.

Also featured are responses to the symposium from James Bennett and Susie Lingham; a panel discussion on curating Chinese art in an Australian context; and exhibition reviews of Ink Remix: Contemporary Art from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong and Eugenia Lim’s Yellow Peril.

Volume 16, issue 2, edited by Dr Olivier Krischer and Dr Stephen H. Whiteman, is available via Taylor & Francis, and you can revisit the symposium via select recordings here.